Student Union Discusses Reallocating Money, Building Name Changes – The Racquet Press

On Wednesday, February 9, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (SA) Student Association welcomed UWL’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO), David Kimappointed a new director of sustainable development within the SA executive cabinet and discussed some resolutions relating to the 2023 budgets.

David Kim gave his introduction to SA, opening the floor to discuss how best to serve students in his new role. Kim has moved to La Crosse from Charlotte, North Carolina, and as CIO, Kim will manage the UWLs Informatic service (HIS). He asked the AS what services were working well and if there were any issues or inconveniences they could work together to resolve. The senators asked Kim about some issues he could start working on, such as access to campus virtual private network (VPN) information and ways to train students against and report phishing attacks. Kim said he would look into the topics they discussed and would like to continue this conversation with the SA so they can start taking “steps in the right direction” and work together to resolve the issues at the to come up.

The AS then discussed some important dates relating to campus affairs. There will be an immunization clinic at the Cartwright Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 14-18. Additionally, the spring primary election will take place for county and school boards next Tuesday, February 15, and there is more information on the official UWL elections. site.

UWL University Centers Director Kyle Burke spoke with the SA about staffing issues for Einstein’s and Starbucks on campus. He said hiring has been difficult and they are still working to fill those vacancies and get everything back up and running.

During the fall semester, the SA discussed the possibility of renaming some buildings on campus with the support of Chancellor Joe Gow, a decision ultimately made by the University of Wisconsin system. council of regents. Vice President (VP) KC Cayo provided an update on the initiative at Wednesday’s meeting and said the Student Union was no longer in discussion to be renamed.

VP Cayo went on to say that the Board of Regents would now discuss and vote on the possibility of changing the name of the Palace of Fine Arts. The proposed new name is the Truman Lowe Center for the Fine Arts, and the vote to make this change will take place on Thursday, February 10. Truman Lowe was an Indigenous artist who graduated from UWL with a degree in arts education. Lowe worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for many years, teaching in the art department, and is well known in the La Crosse area and throughout Wisconsin. Once the Board of Regents make a decision on the building, another update will follow.

The SA then discussed and later adopted a resolution on the Academic Initiatives Differential Allocation Committee (AIDAC) FY2023 budget. The sponsor of the resolution, Senator Aisling Polley, said there were no reductions to the AIDAC budget and it would remain the same as the 2022 budget. The SA discussed using reserve funds in the budget instead of making cuts, and chairman Jared Zwettler said using reserves was “not a long-term solution” and that ‘they have no intention of using the reserves in the coming years. At the meeting, University Centers Director Kyle Burke said the University of Wisconsin system advised the use of reserves as part of a year-long initiative to “keep these units whole after two years of COVID-19,” Burke said. “Next year we will have to come up with a bigger picture.”

The next resolution discussed at the meeting named a new Director of Sustainability for the SA Executive Cabinet, and Grace Lopez Johnson was elected to the position. The SA passed the resolution, making Johnson the new director of sustainability. The SA also has a vacant position in its executive cabinet, the Director of State Affairs, and it is still looking for a candidate to fill this role.

The final resolution discussed at the meeting concerned the Student University Fee Allocation Committee (SUFAC) allocable rate for fiscal year 2023. The AS discussed some student organizations and clubs that receive their allocated funds from SUFAC. Close. Zwettler said there is “a much-needed reallocation of resources that we already have” as SUFAC’s reserves are very high and a lot of money has gone unspent over the past two years with declining registrations and the pandemic. The SA did not pass this resolution, and it will be sent back to SUFAC and reconsidered by the SA at a later date.

Andrew B. Reiter